Richard is Defra’s Assistant Chief Plant Health Officer and also leads Defra’s Plant Health Risk and Policy Team. His roles include facilitating the UK process to identify, assess and manage new and emerging plant health threats, including maintaining the UK Plant Health Risk Register, and representing the UK on the plant health section of the EU standing committee (SCOPAFF) which develops EU-wide legislation on plant health. This includes keeping the regulatory framework for imported plants and plant products under review in response to current plant health threats.